Ice & Vice is a New York City is an experimental ice cream shop, with several locations and pop-ups and a taste for ultra-premium and “edgy” ice cream.
During a recent visit to New York City I was happy to see a location near me. When we arrived, we mentioned gluten-free and I was shocked when the employee informed me that nothing in the store was gluten-free. Although I knew that was possible, and I always expect cross-contamination, it still shocked me that such a fancy place wouldn’t have any gluten-free options. But he insisted and so we left.
After we got outside, I did some digging online and found their delivery menu through a third party. On that website, flavors were clearly labeled gluten-free or not, just as I had expected.
With my newfound knowledge, we headed inside to order ice cream. They had eighth flavors available in this small and simple (and popular) location.
Here’s what we tried:
Tea Dance – Nilgiri tea leaf, lemon charcoal, salted caramel – This is really great! If you enjoy tea, this is a complicated and not too sweet flavor.
Shade – Smoked dark chocolate, caramelized chocolate ganache – Oh my word. This is wildly delicious. It’s as outrageously awesome as you’d hope.
Basic B – Mexican vanilla, Black Sea salt – This was basic but very tasty. It paired well with Shade and is good for those with pickier palettes.
The prices here are typical for New York. Expect to pay $8-10 if you’d like multiple flavors and want to leave a tip. You can also experiment with adding pie, making it an ice cream sandwich or going for a sampler, kind of pricey at $12.
This ice cream is outrageously creamy. I imagine a dish will run you a ridiculous number of calories and fat grams and such. But if you’re going to treat yourself to ice cream, I can’t really recommend these folks more highly! Just do your research if you’re gluten-free.
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